My daughter, Jazlyn, is anaphylactic to egg, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts. When she was first diagnosed, I found it very difficult to find recipes and foods that didn't taste like "allergy" food. Over the last 15 years I have had a lot of fun developing and changing recipes so that they are safe for her. I love to share my recipes so that other families can realize how yummy "allergy" foods can taste. You don't have to sacrifice taste or your favorite foods, you just have to rethink how to make them. I made a promise to Jazzy that I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try. So far I have been able to keep that promise. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as we do.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free No Bake Sunbutter Chocolate Oat Clusters

No bake cookies have always been a family favorite. A few of our favorites are No Bake Chocolate Oat Clusters, No Bake Chocolate Oat Cookies, and No Bake Chocolate Coconut Clusters. However, I wanted to make a healthy version and remove the dairy free margarine and refined sugar. They turned out really good and the girls loved them. The old fashioned oats make the cookies chewier and heartier than the quick oats in my other recipes. If you'd rather them not be as chewy, feel free to use the quick oats or pulse the old fashioned oats a few times in the blender.

No Bake Sunbutter Chocolate Oat Clusters

1/2 cup safe chocolate chips
1/4 cup Sunbutter
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or soy milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

Microwave the chocolate chips, Sunbutter, applesauce, and cocoa until melted and smooth, stirring after each 30 second interval. Stir in the oats until thoroughly coated, using more if needed. Drop by spoonful onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set. Store covered in fridge or freezer.
*  Makes about 24 clusters.
* You can also heat the mixture in a saucepan on the stove instead of using the microwave.
* You can pulse the old fashioned oats a few times in the blender or use quick oats if you want a less chewy texture.